FORT CARSON, Colo. — Medical Soldiers from across Fort Carson had the opportunity to rehearse their combat casualty skills and practice their individual critical tasks during the Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH) Spring Medical Readiness Training Exercise April 11-13, 2023.
The readiness exercise was conducted at Fort Carson’s Medical Simulation Training Center and provided valuable skills training for both medics and surgical teams. The training event was made up of realistic scenarios designed to simulate combat casualty care from the point of injury to the operating room.
One key benefit of these training events is the opportunity to build relationships among medical personnel assigned to units across Fort Carson, according to Capt. Lucas Musseau, the lead planner for the training exercise and chief of Operations for Evans Army Community Hospital.
“These training events give us the opportunity to use each other’s strengths to maximize our training output through hands-on technical and tactical training that improves our ability to work together,” said Musseau. “This is a critical part of our Soldiers’ training and development to ensure they are prepared to conduct their wartime missions.”
“Everybody is a medic when someone is bleeding,” said Sgt. Maj. Mike Woolley, the EACH Troop command sergeant major. “The better we train Soldiers, the more repetitions we give them, the better their survivability. These are perishable skills that need to be refreshed. This type of training is invaluable for our surgical teams to practice critical skills in a way they might not otherwise have the opportunity to practice on a regular basis.
Woolley said that EACH also ensures these training events are conducted safely, respectfully and in compliance with all legal, public health and ethical standards.
Staff Sgt. Robby Estrada, the NCO in charge of the EACH Department of Surgery, participated in the surgical training and said the experience was invaluable.
“This was a great opportunity to train alongside our surgeons and experience first-hand the techniques used to save lives in the operating room,” Estrada said.
The training exercise also tested Soldiers’ ability to conduct land navigation and practice Army Warrior Tasks.
Col. Edward Mandril, the Colorado Military Health System Director and EACH commander, said the training was a great success.
“This is extremely valuable training for our Soldiers,” Mandril said. “Our Soldiers do a great job of balancing our health care delivery mission with Soldier Medical Readiness. I am always amazed by the enthusiasm and motivation of our Soldiers and providers who participate in these exercises. I really appreciate all the hard work and effort that goes into providing a ready medical force for our warfighters.”